Lancaster University

Lancaster University

Diplomacy and International Relations

This programme is designed to introduce students to theories, issues and processes connected with diplomacy, foreign policy and international relations. The programme is especially relevant to those thinking about or currently working in diplomacy, international non-government organisations (NGOs), and international policy and politics. The programme aims to help students to realise their academic potential, by encouraging choice and independence in their studies. Based on the distance learning pedagogical principles, it employs a wide variety of online learning tools to enhance students� learning experience. Study throughout the whole programme is comprehensively supported through supervised online group discussions, web seminars and individual academic supervision to ensure an engaging and enjoyable distance learning experience.

Entry requirements

An upper 2nd Class Honours degree, or its equivalent. Relevant professional qualifications and experience will also be considered. Students whose 1st language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Modules include: Theory and method in postgraduate studies; dissertation; major approaches to the study of international relations; theorising security and war; theory and concepts in diplomacy and foreign policy; issues and practice in diplomacy and foreign policy.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on coursework (participation in weekly learning activities and a 5,000 word essay) and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning £ 6,250 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Distance learning £ 14,200 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MA Distance learning £ 6,250 per Academic year (rest of UK fees (Scottish courses)) 12 months
MA Distance learning £ 6,250 per Academic year (EU fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Online Study

Key information

Postgraduate Enquiries
Telephone number: 
01524 510880